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US states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

Dec. 9, 2018 2:46 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018. They're not...

Landmark environmental protections being rolled back

Dec. 8, 2018 12:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One after another, landmark U.S. protections for climate, air and land are in the crosshairs of the Trump administration as his agency leaders move past early fumbles and scandals to start delivering on a succession of promised environmental rollbacks. On Thursday, the Interior Department...

Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions

Dec. 7, 2018 7:19 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Senate. State wildlife managers say rebounding numbers of sea lions are eating more salmon than ever and their appetites are undermining billions of dollars of...

US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

Dec. 6, 2018 8:38 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling, mining and other activities that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species across millions of acres in the American West. Land management documents released...

The Latest: Nevada Democratic Sen. critical of grouse plan

Dec. 6, 2018 8:24 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's efforts to ease drilling restrictions that were put in place to protect a declining bird species (all times local): 6:15 p.m. U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada is sharply criticizing the Trump administration's new move to ease...

Pelosi casts doubt on new US-Mexico-Canada trade deal

Dec. 6, 2018 5:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is suggesting Congress may not pass the new trade agreement reached by the United States, Canada and Mexico if labor and environmental provisions are not strengthened. Pelosi says "there are positive things in this proposed trade agreement," but it...

Amazon workers treated after bear repellent releases fumes

Dec. 5, 2018 9:01 PM EST

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (AP) — An automated machine punctured a can of bear repellent at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey on Wednesday, releasing fumes that sickened workers and sent two dozen to hospitals, officials said. An Amazon representative said that as of 8 p.m., all of the impacted employees have been...

EPA: Fish damage from mine spill wasn't severe, long-lasting

Dec. 5, 2018 6:53 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Fish and other aquatic life did not suffer severe or long-lasting damage from a mine waste spill three years ago that polluted rivers in three states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. An EPA report released last week analyzed the 2015 spill at the inactive Gold King Mine in...

Tennessee governor unveils statewide water availability plan

Dec. 5, 2018 4:00 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam wants the public's input on a state plan for future water availability. Haslam was joined Tuesday by deputy to the governor Jim Henry and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Shari Meghreblian in unveiling the plan . It assesses current...

Many couples say 'I do' to Zero-Waste weddings

Dec. 4, 2018 8:56 AM EST

To protect the environment, many couples are saying "I do" to Zero-Waste weddings, focusing on sustainability for everything from floral design and dresses to invitations and food. The goal is to recycle, reuse, compost and otherwise keep anything from becoming trash in a landfill. Whether or not couples succeed...